New Delhi - Holders Sri Lanka won the toss and put England into bat in their crucial ICC World Twenty20 group game at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Eoin Morgan-led side, which needs a victory to ensure a place in the semi-finals, included fit-again opener Alex Hales in the starting line-up in place of James Vince.
Sri Lanka, who also need a win to stay in the hunt for a place in the last four, brought in medium-pacer Dasun Chanaka in place of veteran seamer Nuwan Kulasekara.
Should England win, the Proteas will be eliminated from the tournament ahead of their final group match against Sri Lanka on Monday (16:00).
Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett
Angelo Mathews (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Dasun Chanaka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath
Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS) and Rod Tucker (AUS)
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
Reserve umpire: Sundaram Ravi (IND)